Kitchen Layouts: Island or Peninsula

Kitchen Layouts: Island or Peninsula

What’s the difference?

Put simply, a kitchen island is a freestanding space positioned at the centre of a kitchen. It is often used as an additional workspace and also provides extra counter and storage space, and opens up the possibility for seating by the counter. You can even incorporate a second sink or place appliances discreetly under the counter.

A peninsula has equally the same purpose as an island but is fixed to at least one wall. Rather than access to four sides, it provides three sides to work from. It is usually recommended for narrow kitchens and often is used to create a natural division within a room.

Peninsula kitchen designs often help in transforming an L shaped kitchen into a U-shaped kitchen. It can separate working areas and define the kitchen space. Depending on your kitchen size and space you may be able to incorporate seating or a breakfast bar alongside your peninsula.

The Golden Triangle

In kitchen design, a lot of thought focuses on ‘the triangle’ or ‘Golden Triangle’ concept. Originally developed in the 1940s, the concept is used to determine efficient kitchen layouts. This is essentially the space between the cooker, fridge and sink. The main goal is to keep the balance and distance between the major workstations and the cooker, preventing the risk of the kitchen becoming too cramped or disjointed.

But two important factors have to also be considered. How much available space is there and what are your living arrangements?

Consider the size of your kitchen

Kitchen islands need enough ample space to pass by all sides and corners. Placing a kitchen island in a space which doesn’t provide enough room to easily move around each workstation can result in potential hazards and risks. It also prevents you from utilising your kitchen with the best efficiency. It is always advised to speak to a kitchen specialist and designer who can advice on the most suitable layouts and structure in line with your requirements.

What are your living arrangements?

How you use your kitchen and what you plan to have within your kitchen space are key factors on the future composition of your space. If you have a open floor plan layout which includes a dining area or table, peninsulas can help close off your kitchen section by creating a border.

If you have lots of space and often have visitors, an island counter with seating can ensure that you can cook and entertain guests at the same time.

At Watermark Kitchens and Bathrooms, our initial consultation takes all this into consideration. We work towards understanding your requirements and take in every detail.

Why not arrange a free consultation at one of our showrooms? Based in Amersham and Oakley, our Watermark Showrooms exhibit the latest in kitchen and bathroom design. Speak to one of our experts today to arrange a FREE consultation. Contact us on 01844 338137 or complete our online form HERE


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A Kitchen for You and Your Family

With the first week of the school summer holidays over, your kitchen may be withstanding more activity and visits than usual. With no classes to attend, it may be a challenge to keep your children preoccupied at home.

The kitchen isn’t just a place to cook and eat but it can be a great area for you and your family to have fun. Socialise with the children whilst you prepare lunch or dinner, or even get them to help you out on a few culinary tasks! Whether you’re making a cake, teaching them a family recipe or even challenging yourselves with making sushi – you need a kitchen that can withstand all the elements of day-to-day family life.


So if you’re considering a new kitchen design or layout, here are a few tips on designing a family kitchen:

It’s about choosing the right layout

If you’re more inclined toward a childfree zone, a peninsular or closed off U-shaped kitchen may be suitable. Open plan arrangements such as an L-shape or island layout is great for families that like the bustling and heavily active environment a kitchen can ignite. We’re particularly fond of kitchen islands as they become a focal point of every kitchen and can become a great place to socialise and spent time.



It is advised to opt for work surfaces that are quick and easy to clean. A similar thought process goes towards cupboard doors and worktops. Choosing high quality materials that can stand the test of time, heat and minor spillages and accidents ensure that no permanent damage or staining is made on kitchen surfaces.

Curved Kitchens

Units or surfaces with rounded or curved corners reduce the chance injury of your children (and you!). Curved kitchens also provide a unconventional design aesthetic which can add character to your new kitchen.



Ceramic tiling may be a dream choice due to its ease to clean and aesthetic material, but some people will need to be practical in terms of your family. High quality vinyl can mimic beautiful wood and stone to create a great stylish kitchen atmosphere that you and your children are in awe of!



There are various options in terms of storage and you can invest in intelligent design. Pan drawers and pull-out shelving can be incorporated to particular hotspots and areas in and around your kitchen.

Multi-purpose area in your family kitchen

An extra, multi-purpose area to be used as additional preparation space is always handy. For instance, a section of a kitchen island can work as breakfast bar or working /computer area.


Bring your family to visit one of our showrooms and discover how we can help. Based in Amersham and Oakley, our Watermark Showrooms exhibit the latest in kitchen and bathroom design. Speak to one of our experts today to arrange a FREE consultation. Contact us on 01844 338137 or complete our online form HERE